My husband and I have lived in Melrose for seven years. We have noticed the vacuum of quality dining experiences as noted on another board, having lived in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville previously. We recently tried the new Stearns and Hill Bistro. The renovations are lovely but the food and service were mediocre at best. Clamcakes were previously frozen, over-fried and cold! Onion soup was bland and pizza - potato, artichoke, carmelized onion - was greasy and onions were days away from being carmelized. Our server disappeared on us once the order was taken. I understand that many people in the area are fond of this establishment but I was sorely disappointed.
We usually enjoy Turner's but when it's the only game in town it gets old fast. We like the Duck Walk in Wakefield for Thai and have recently discovered Rang in Stoneham for great Indian. We loved the food although the take-out timing was a little off. They quoted me 35 minutes early on a Friday night and it was closer to an hour,and I had my kids in the car!. They were very gracious and apologetic and the restaurant seemed nice inside. We are going to try this for eat in on a night when we have a baby sitter! I also recommend Sushi Corner. I recently had great take-out lunch from there. I have been a sushi fan in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline for almost 20 years.
We are eager to try the Cedar Perk "Absolutely Fabulous" week-end dining on
West Emerson which features a visiting chef from a catering company. I have heard great things about this BYOB dining experience. Any comments?
Any other local suggestions??? We are willing to travel, although we already know the Boston/Cambridge circuit. We are also interested in delivery suggestions. We have yet to find our favorite pizza delivery place, although we do like Tony C's in Wakefield.
Frustration in dinner options aside, I cannot say enough wonderful things about the almost one-year old Bohemian Coffeehouse, at the corner of Tremont and West Emerson right next to the Cedar Park commuter stop. They serve up incredible fair trade coffee, hot or iced, Christina's Ice Cream, unbelievably delicious muffins, scones, shortbread and cookie, all homemade. During a recent self-imposed coffee-fast I even enjoyed their fruit smoothies. The owner is local, vivacious, friendly and her family is often pitching in or visiting which gives the place a really nice vibe. I hate that they are closed on Mondays but I still recommend them place wholeheartedly!!! Worth a special trip.
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